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June 2017

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Govt to give Rs44 bn subsidy to Balochistan tubewells
The federal government is considering to provide a solace of Rs44 billion to Balochistan for another two years in the head of agriculture tube wells subsidy.
Thursday, June-22-2017

Agriculture Sector, Backbone or a Vestigial bone
The Pakistan farmers union, Pakistan Kissan Ittehad registered a protest at the federal capital on the eve of announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18.
Thursday, June-22-2017

UVAS gets grant for research projects
Business School and Centre for Applied Policy Research in Livestock (CAPRIL) at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) had received a grant of Rs 670,000 from Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) to conduct two research projects.
Thursday, June-22-2017

Cotton area up by 1.2m acres in Punjab
Special Girdawri process for exact assessment of cotton cultivated area has been completed showing 5.56 million acre cotton area in Punjab against the target of 6 million acre but it was still up by 1.2 million acres than the previous year figure of 4.486 million acre.
Thursday, June-22-2017

Sindh Gov distributes free wheat in Drought areas
Sindh Government says it has increased its wheat procurement target from 1.2 to 1.4 million tonnes for this year. Chairman Food Standing Committee Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani told Radio Pakistan Hyderabad correspondent that Sindh Government will distribute free wheat among two lac eighty seven thousand drought-hit families of Tharparkar district.
Thursday, June-22-2017

Measures adopted to accelerate date production
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Nafisa Shah Jillani on Tuesday held a meeting with date producers at the Jillani House in Khairpur.
Thursday, June-22-2017

Trends in agriculture
Mr Shahid Javed Bukhari writes in the 9th annual Report of 2016 of the Institute of Public Policy that in the year 2015-16 the share of Livestock which was already 52 percent in 2005-6 rose to 59 percent in 2015-16 within the Livestock sector the rise in milk and poultry production has been the major source of growth.
Thursday, June-22-2017

Growing More Using Cell Phones and Satellite Data
Researchers from the University of Washington and Pakistan are using 21st century technology to revive farming as a profitable profession in the Indus Valley.
Thursday, June-22-2017

16 years on, GI draft law not final
With a delay of over 16 years, the Ministry of Commerce has yet to table a proposed Geographical Indication (GI) law in the National Assembly that aims to protect the ownership rights of goods specifically produced in Pakistan.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Farmers to launch protest campaign after Eid
Khokhar said that farmers from across the country will gather in the federal capital along with tractor trolleys to protest against the government's failure to provide the required incentives to farmers.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Establishment of agri zones along CPEC can fetch $15b
The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Sunday said agricultural zones along CPEC route can help Pakistan produce products that can be exported to China to fetch 12 billion dollars annually.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Foodstuffs demand likely to take quantum jump in ME
The volatile situation in Gulf Region is likely to increase immediate demand for foodstuff. According to President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver in view of the alarming situation involving Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran as all are our brotherly countries and irrespective of the fact that they are having disputes amongst themselves, Pakistan is obliged to help them all.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Hailstone, thunderstorm in KP Bring losses to Tobacco
Leaders of the tobacco growers said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should constitute a committee to assess losses during the recent gusty weather and thunderstorm which damaged the tobacco crop in various tobacco growing districts of the province.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Severe water crisis
Pakistan Council for Research on water reserves has warned the government about the looming crisis of acute water shortage by 2025. It has only seven years to take serious action and plan for constructing ad building water reservoirs.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Farmers woes
The farmers are playing a key role is strengthening the economy of the country, but unfortunately, they have remained a neglected lot with no meaningful relief whatsoever.
Tuesday, June-20-2017

Capitalising on record maize production
OUTPUT of maize has exceeded 6m tonnes for the first time in the country, thanks to its cultivation on a larger area and a modest rise in yield.
Monday, June-19-2017

Mango cultivation area on rise
Despite mango orchards cutting for residential purpose in suburban areas of various cities of South Punjab, the cultivation area of mangoes is on the rise continuously.
Monday, June-19-2017

Empowering the agriculture sector
Pakistan has a rich and vast natural agriculture resource base, covering various ecological and climatic zones. Pakistan is an agro based economy that has direct and indirect role in generating economic growth.
Monday, June-19-2017

Record wheat yield despite adverse weather
Agriculture is backbone of Pakistans economy. Around 44 percent population of Pakistan is directly connected with agriculture, that shares 41 percent of GDP and provides 70 percent raw material for textile industry. Unfortunately, it was declined in the past.
Monday, June-19-2017

ICST asks Govt to withdraw from wheat market
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Sunday said the government should consider a gradual withdrawal from the wheat market which will reduce prices and help save billions of rupees wasted annually on unnecessary procurement and storage.
Monday, June-19-2017

Balochistan to enhance agri-credit disbursement
In a much-anticipated move, the Balochistan government has announced plans to set up a provincial bank, and set aside Rs10 billion for this purpose in its FY18 budget, unveiled on June 15.
Monday, June-19-2017

Pre monsoon rains predicted in the next week
Pre-monsoon currents are likely to penetrate in Pakistan from Monday (June 19) that will produce rains in upper & central parts of the country.
Saturday, June-17-2017

Senate concerned over food security, water scarcity
Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday expressed serious concern over the threat to food security and scarcity of water in the future from impacts of global warming. The committee was met under the chairmanship of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, while Senator Sitara Ayaz, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Nuzhat Sadiq, Saleem Zia, Samina Abid and Mushahid Hussaain Syed also attended the committee.
Saturday, June-17-2017

Low sucrose of sugarcane
With lower sucrose content, the sugar manufacturing will claim lower production, and they will therefore request a lower sugar cane price. This way they will cheat the poor farmers from their hard earned income. Similarly, by declaring lower sugar production, the companies will also pay lower taxes.
Saturday, June-17-2017

Agricultural productivity
Pakistan is an agricultural country. Agriculture is the mainstay of the countrys economy. According to the Pakistan Economic Survey 2016-17, the agriculture sector showed a significant growth of 3.46 percent during the current fiscal year 2016-17 as against the assigned target of 3.5 percent.
Saturday, June-17-2017

UAE import costs cut with rise of e-com for Pak Mango
Mangos are one of Pakistans biggest exports, with 32 percentage of all mangoes exported being sold in the UAE.
Saturday, June-17-2017

Punjab launches project to grow imported dates
MULTAN: The Punjab governments Rs708 million Diversification of High Value Cropping Through Promotion of Horticulture project aims to grow five top date varieties in the southern region of the province and eventually boost exports of the produce.
Saturday, June-17-2017

Mango Festival
Mango The national Fruit of Pakistan and off-course King of all the fruits has arrived in markets of the Pakistan since May 2017. But, unfortunately prices of Mangoes are still very high in many retails markets, and this hike has kept mangoes far away from the access of people having limited financial resources, though this fruit is liked by masses regardless of their ages.
Saturday, June-17-2017

Mango exports successfully meeting EU standards
The standards introduced by European Union (EU) countries were being achieved successfully by mango farmers and exporters by virtue of governments support that not only increased demand of Pakistani mango but also resulted in enhanced exports earnings.
Thursday, June-15-2017

Pakistan unable to improve cotton quality
Pakistan is still unable to improve the quality and enhance volume of Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) cotton variety and to use certified seeds, ginners and traders opined.
Thursday, June-15-2017

Europe Basmati Market to Reach $615 Million by 2023
Rapid growth in basmati rice demand in Germany and Poland drives the market growth. However, stringent norms by European Union on the pesticides used for rice crops are expected to impede the basmati rice exports from India.
Thursday, June-15-2017

Farmers demands
In the Budget 2017-18, the agricultural sector has received little or no new support schemes to provide relief to farmers. Despite the protests organised by leading farmer associations on the day that the budget was presented, their demands were largely ignored.
Thursday, June-15-2017

China set to fund Diamer-Bhasha dam
Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, with work beginning next year, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview.
Wednesday, June-14-2017

Withdraw taxes on agriculture inputs: Bilawal
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has demanded immediate withdrawal of all the new taxes on agriculture inputs and restoration of subsidies for the key economic sector.
Wednesday, June-14-2017

Citrus fruits: a great source of vitamins and Forex
Juicy, pulpy and healthy citrus fruits will, agricultural experts say, become a potential source of foreign exchange if the agricultural policymakers, planners, researchers and government agencies help enhance the production of the fruits with new varieties.
Wednesday, June-14-2017

Mango festival at Mirpur Khas
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) office at Hyderabad participated in the twin events: (exhibition and seminar) of 52nd National Mango and Summer Fruit Festival at Mirpurkhas (Sindh).
Wednesday, June-14-2017

Agri sector should be treated as industry
The agriculture sector, which has been sharing 21 percent in countrys Gross Domestic Products (GDP), should be treated as industry to help prompt economic growth, agro people opined.
Tuesday, June-13-2017

Yusuf Zafar most productive Agri scientist
Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) has declared Chairman PARC, Dr Yusuf Zafar as the top most Productive Scientist of Pakistan in the field of Agriculture.
Tuesday, June-13-2017

Sucrose recovery in Sindh decreases to 9.85pc
Sucrose recovery in Sindh during the current season has been 9.8538 per cent against 10.5220pc recorded in 2015-16, official figures show.
Tuesday, June-13-2017

Tractor subsidy scam involving Rs1.45b
On 7th March 2017, a complaint was received in Anit Corruption Establishment, alleging commission of massive corruption in tractor subsidy scheme, run by Agriculture Department, Government of Sindh, and private persons. Subsequently, record was seized through raids at Agriculture Department and accused persons house.
Tuesday, June-13-2017

PMAS-AAUR ranked 204th in world, 2nd in Pakistan
he UI GreenMetric World University Ranking has ranked the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) 204th in the world and second best university of Pakistan for the Year 2016, informed varsity spokesperson on Monday.
Tuesday, June-13-2017

Pakistani student reaps what he sows in NW China
Sajjad Raza busies himself harvesting wheat on a tract of land in northwest Chinas Shaanxi Province.
Sunday, June-11-2017

Need to do produce indigenous vaccines for livestock
Scientists should focus their attention to extend local research for producing indigenous vaccines for animal disease control to reduce economic losses to poor farmers on costly imported material.
Sunday, June-11-2017

Growers advised to eliminate weeds from cotton crops
Farmers have been advised to root out weeds from cotton fields to get good yield, said assistant director agriculture Naveed Asmat Kohloon here on Saturday. Cotton is the most important fibre crop and profitable. The cotton contribution could be much larger but for the weeds that infest cotton crop and reduce its yield by 13-45 per cent.
Sunday, June-11-2017

Measures to be incorporated in livestock Budget
The Agriculture sector is the lifeline of Pakistani economy as it contributed 19.5 percent to the total GDP of the country.
Sunday, June-11-2017

Mango may be hit by thunderstorm
Pakistan Kissan Ittehad President Khalid Khokhar told Dawn on Saturday the ongoing thunderstorms might hit the mango production, which had already been affected by higher average temperatures in March, April and May than the last summer.
Sunday, June-11-2017

Fruit, fruit everywhere
A picture is worth a thousand words. Isnt that what they say. So much easier than trying to explain it in words when you can just present a picture instead.
Sunday, June-11-2017

Disappointing Agriculture despite Economic Growth
The state of agriculture in Pakistan remains a disappointment despite some improvements in the overall economic scenario as the countrys most important sector grows at a lower average rate due to random shock and structural weaknesses, says a report prepared by economist Dr Shahid Javed Burki.
Saturday, June-10-2017

Govt urged to review Expo Centre plan at Tarnab
A group of civil society organisations has urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to review the plan to construct Expo Centre on the selected site on the historic Tarnab Farms.
Saturday, June-10-2017

Ban imposed on sale of flour in white bags
Punjab Minister for Planning and Development Malik Nadeem Kamran has said that unsubsidized flour in white bags has been banned in the province during the holy month of Ramazan to ensure availability of subsidized flour in open market.
Saturday, June-10-2017

ADB to provide $86.41m for Pehur canal extension
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is all set to practically take up the Pehur High Level Canal extension bringing as many as 8727 hectares of barren land under irrigation and providing direct jobs to 7500 people mostly in district Swabi.
Saturday, June-10-2017

Finance & Planning approves PMAS-AAUR budget
The Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid-Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) Friday approved Rs 2049.183 million 2017-18 fiscal year budget.
Saturday, June-10-2017

ADB extends $86.41 mln for irrigation project in KP
Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan Friday signed a loan agreement of $86.41 million for the extension of the Pehur High Level Canal in the Swabi and Nowshehra districts of Pakistans Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
Saturday, June-10-2017

Pakistan buys 500,000 tonnes soybeans
Pakistani importers have in the past days purchased about 500,000 tonnes of soybeans, likely to be sourced from the United States and Brazil, European traders said on Thursday.
Friday, June-09-2017

Rain breaks dry spell in Cholistan
Vast areas of Cholistan received the much-awaited rain on Thursday to the delight of local inhabitants.
Friday, June-09-2017

Belarus for modern Agri Enterprise in Pakistan
A modern agricultural enterprise can be established in Pakistan with assistance of Belarus. The initiative was put forward by Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats as he met with Deputy Minister for National Food Security and Research of Pakistan Ahmad Jamil on 8 June, BelTA has learned.
Friday, June-09-2017

Pakistan shows interest in Belarusian Argi equipment
Pakistan has shown an increased interest in the Belarusian agricultural equipment and the processing industry, Deputy Minister for National Food Security and Research of Pakistan Ahmad Jamil said as he met with Belarus Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats, BelTA has learned.
Friday, June-09-2017

Minister orders crackdown on profiteers
Provincial Minister for Planning and Development Malik Nadeem Kamran has directed to ensure availability of daily use items on fixed rates, strict check also be kept on the prices in open market like Ramzan bazaars, besides continuing the crackdown on overpricing in a vigorous manner.
Friday, June-09-2017

Innovation: UAF develops new cotton variety
The experts of Cotton Research Institute Faisalabad successfully developed a new cotton variety (FH-326) under the funding of Punjab Agricultural Research Board Project.
Monday, June-05-2017

Gov, donors promoting agriculture in Fata, K-P
The Federal government is taking concrete steps for the promotion of the agriculture sector in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
Monday, June-05-2017

Record 73.6mn ton sugarcane production registered
The sugarcane production in the country has reached to historical high of 73.6 million ton during this year, showing 12.4 per cent increase as compared to 2016.
Monday, June-05-2017

Soybeans recovers from 1 year low, corn also firm
Chicago soybean futures edged higher on Thursday as a port strike in Argentina threatened to disrupt export flows, lending support to prices that had sunk to one-year lows this week in the face of hefty global supplies.
Monday, June-05-2017

Agriculture, CPEC to raise growth to 5.5 % in 2017/18
The World Bank on Monday said robust agriculture sector and Chinese-led infrastructure development would lead to 5.5 percent growth in Pakistans economy during the next fiscal year of 2017/18.
Monday, June-05-2017

How Billion Tree Tsunami is Tackling Climate Change
Despite its meager resources and destroyed infrastructure.
Sunday, June-04-2017

Agriculture gets Rs36b
The Punjab government has allocated around Rs36 billion for agriculture sector in budget 2017-18.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Punjab allocates Rs21b for agriculture
The Punjab government announced an allocation of Rs21 billion for the agriculture sector in the upcoming fiscal year. Under the aforementioned amount, the authorities will execute 34 ongoing and 25 new schemes in the sector.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Govt to call meeting for cotton hedge trading
The cotton trading and ginning sector is waiting for the final signal by the government when it allows Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) to initiate hedge trading in the country.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Cotton to fall short of 2mln bales against the target
Pakistan cotton output is feared to fall short of around two million bales this year against an annual target of 14 million bales as water shortage, late sowing and inept management are virtually nipping the countrys cash crop in the bud, said agriculture experts.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Agri Dept fails to utilise 2/3 of budget
The Punjab Agriculture Department has failed to utilise about two-thirds of development budget during 2016-17.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Cotton firm
Slow trading was witnessed at the Karachi Cotton Exchange on Friday, while spot rates remained unchanged.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Wheat lowers
U.S. wheat prices edged lower on Friday on forecasts of harvest-friendly weather in parts of the United States, keeping the grain on track for its biggest weekly loss in over two months.
Saturday, June-03-2017

Agriculture (2016-17): the year of sugarcane
While the Finance Ministry is patting itself on the back for the decade-high GDP growth, the up-to-the-mark performance of the agriculture sector should be taken with a grain of salt.
Friday, June-02-2017

Agri financing FY18: Shoot for the moon
Rs1001 billion is the hot number in this budget; it is the surprisingly high PSDP allocation for FY18 and incidentally, it is also the target set for agricultural loans.
Friday, June-02-2017

Syngenta to Invest $1.4 Billion in Pakistan
Syngenta has agreed to invest $1.4 billion in Pakistan. The firm is considered an expert in crop protection and is currently the third largest seeds business worldwide.
Friday, June-02-2017


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